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For Mother’s Day Paper Bead Necklace

Posted on May 5, 2009 in Paper Bead Creations | Comments Off on For Mother’s Day Paper Bead Necklace

This Mother’s Day I decided to come up with a piece of jewelry in remembrance of this day, using paper beads.  I thought the paper beads is appropriate because my mother loved anything recycled.  I had beautiful clothes growing up but they were all bought from thrift stores and altered to fit me.  When she came to the states she was amazed at the things that we throw out that could have been fixed, recycled and repurposed.  And so, it is no surprise that I love anything old and I get excited going to thrift stores in the hope of discovering something old and valuable.

My mother Letty and me at 7 days old

My mother Letty and me at 7 days old

I cut out a photo of her and set it with diamond glaze in a copper color photo charm.  The copper charms matched nicely with a ceramic bead I have with flower designs.  The paper beads I used for this project are about 7-8 mm in size and mainly of white color.  These size of paper beads is great also to be used as spacers in between glass beads or crystals.

My mother's photo set with Diamond Glaze

My mother's photo set with Diamond Glaze

The coco chips I put in between the paper beads makes it more feminine.  My mom passed away 11 years ago at the age of 68 of pancreatic cancer.  She was brave and beautiful and dedicated her life to serving her family and others.

Necklace using 7-8mm paper beads

Necklace using 7-8mm paper beads

You can use the necklace alone with out the pendant or use another pendant, or substitute copper with color your choice of color, gold or silver.  The paper beads can also be subsituted with pearls or other type beads.  Happy Mother’s Day……..

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We celebrated Earth Day!

Posted on May 2, 2009 in Paper Bead Creations | 1 comment

I am so happy of the response we’ve had at the Earth Day Festival! Quite a few people picked up paper bead strands and were truly amazed at the jewelry you can make out of them.  Part of the proceeds of this event will go to school supplies of underprivileged children in the Philippines, school year will open in June which I remember was a rainy season. 

paper beads on display at Earth Day

paper beads on display at Earth Day

Weather in the Philippines is unpredictable, sunny one minute and rain fall the next.  It is quite a challenge sometimes to dry the paper beads.

Strand of paper beads hanging to dry

Strand of paper beads hanging to dry

The women and yes men who makes these paper beads have very good eye on how the print of the magazine pages or catalog would come out as finished bead.  They are truly amazing in their dedication to perfecting this craft.

Paper beads made in the Philippines

Paper beads made in the Philippines

A basketful of paper beads after they dry

A basketful of paper beads after they dry

For inspirations and ideas: http://janicemae.etsy.com

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